Changing Police, Changing Policies

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A person runs through a clowd of tear gas that police launched at demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Riot gear, tear gas and heavy weapons are now commonly found in police forces around the country. The ACLU’s Vanita Gupta describes an investigation into what the ACLU calls ‘excessive police militarization,’ and Sebastian Walker, host of Al-Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines” documentary series, reports on the policing tactics he saw in Ferguson, Missouri last week. Plus: sexual assault policies are changing at colleges in our areas; and what Google searches say about inequality and cultural differences in our country.